🎉🎉🎉 Happy Publication Day to Abigail Dean 🎉🎉🎉 Girl A is unleashed today!!
Massive thanks to Harper Collins for granting my wish for an advanced e-copy of Girl A through Netgalley.
‘Girl A,’ she said. ‘The girl who escaped. If anyone was going to make it, it was going to be you.’
Lex Gracie doesn’t want to think about her family. She doesn’t want to think about growing up in her parents’ House of Horrors. And she doesn’t want to think about her identity as Girl A: the girl who escaped. When her mother dies in prison and leaves Lex and her siblings the family home, she can’t run from her past any longer. Together with her sister, Evie, Lex intends to turn the House of Horrors into a force for good. But first she must come to terms with her six siblings – and with the childhood they shared.
Beautifully written and incredibly powerful, Girl A is a story of redemption, of horror, and of love.
What Did I Think?
What happened to Lexi and her siblings was horrifying. The true extent builds as the backstory goes along but to kick off with a child escaping from shackles put in place by her parents, preventing her from leaving a soiled bed totally sets the scene for what is a shocking back and forth account of the lives of seven siblings.
As the story went on, I peeled back the layers of how truly affected these children were by the acts of their parents. None are cured of the mental (or physical) scars caused by their parents but each sibling is affected in such different ways. The more I got to know this broken family unit, the more my reading experience changed. My first impression of each sibling warped to something different by the end and I felt wrecked and disturbed by the journey I’d been on with Lexi. Now that’s the sign of an excellent crime thriller.
Girl A is a harrowing yet brilliant debut from Dean. Her writing is addictive, I wolfed Girl A down like I hadn’t read for weeks. This is one hell of a way to start 2021. If this is the standard to expect from debut authors this year, I’m going to be in for a treat!
Who Is Abigail Dean?
Abigail Dean was born in Manchester, and grew up in the Peak District. She graduated from Cambridge with a Double First in English. Formerly a Waterstones bookseller, she spent five years as a lawyer in London, and took last summer off to work on her debut novel, Girl A, ahead of her thirtieth birthday. She now works as a lawyer for Google, and is currently writing her second novel.